Latest by John McManamy

This Just In - Psychiatry is Still Dead

I’ve never met an irony I didn’t like. Case in point: The other day, on Psychiatric Times, I came across a June 4 commentary titled Psychiatry is Alive and - Well, It’s Complicated. Psychiatric Times is a private publication whose audience comprises ...

My Day at Stand Down

Yesterday, I took my didgeridoo to Stand Down San Diego. Here’s the deal: Stand Down San Diego is a three-day event offering sanctuary and services to about a thousand homeless vets. Back in 1981, a group of Vietnam vets organized Veterans Village of ...

Addiction: We May Need to Change Our Thinking

You may have seen this week on your FaceBook feed a TED Talk by author Johann Hari, provocatively titled, Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong. You also may have come across his Huffington Post article, The Likely Cause of Addiction ...

Looking at the Bipolar Life-Cycle: A New Study Sheds Light

Most of us first experienced bipolar some time around our late teens-early adulthood. But if we cast our minds further back, in hindsight we can spot the early warning signs from years earlier. The pattern may go something like this: Weird behavior w...

Depression in Men: Why We Need to Pay Attention

My good friend and blogging buddy Therese Borchard just posted an important piece on depression in men. Please, go read it. Okay, this is an issue I have strong feelings about. Let’s begin. Way back, on my own, I began to question why twice as many w...

It May be Medicine, But Is It Science? - Why You Need to Know About John Ioannidis

In a number of pieces here on HealthCentral, I have raised the proposition that we have no valid scientific evidence base to support psychiatry’s claims for the efficacy of the meds they prescribe. The argument is fairly simple: For long-term bipolar ...

Happiness: Reflections Five Years On

I’ve just been following my “paper trail” back to where I was five years ago. This is fairly easy when you are both a regular blogger and a Facebook user. Five years ago early this month, I had booked a ticket to New Zealand. My grandson was seven mo...

10 People Who Shaped How We View Bipolar Disorder

We may think we know what bipolar is, but our perceptions have been evolving for at least two thousand years, and we’re only just beginning …

Anger: Part of Bipolar or Not?

My blogging comrade-in-arms Natasha Tracy just posted a piece on anger. I have written on the topic before, but nothing, I recall, for HealthCentral. Let’s amend that right now … Tracy starts off her piece by noting that the DSM does not list anger a...

Why Our Moods Shift With the Seasons

With bipolar disorder, summer manias can be as common a phenomenon as winter bouts of depression. Here’s what to keep in mind.